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The Smiddy Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
British, Scottish, Soups
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Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
+44 1546 603606
10:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sun 17:45 - 20:45
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Kilmacolm, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great little place to go with the kids for coffee & cake or lunch. Very friendly staff. Homemade Millionaire's Shortbread is the business...

Thank sparkle-psnts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best Cullen Skink, ever! The sandwiches are fresh and enormous, the soups are homemade and the baking is fantastic. A great place to have lunch after a walk in the area.

Thank Calum J
London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not the first time we have visited The Smiddy, but on Saturday night it was the first time for dinner. Excellent food, well served and although quite quiet, a relaxed and pleasant ambience. First class value for money and I look forward to the next visit. Seek out this venue-the choice in Lochgilphead is not great and this... More 

Thank KenzieLondon_UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a meal here on Friday evening and everything was perfect!! The restaurant itself is cosy and well decorated. A lovely homely feel. The choice of menu is varied with something for all tastes plus a specials board. I chose the goats cheese starter then cheesy macaroni. Brilliant portions and well presented meals. Our waitress, Emma, was polite and friendly.... More 

1 Thank LesleyGee15
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough positive things about this restaurant! Service is excellent as is the location. Best thing of all however is the food, my favourite has to be the steak pie. Hands down the best I've ever had. Looking forward to my next trip up so I can eat here again

Thank XsgX
Scottish Western Isles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Used to be a joy going here but no more. Twice recently I have been and wont be going again I am sorry to say. The coffee was luke warm, the soup too thin and watery, the chips never arrived and had to asked for. I ordered the soup to start and then a sandwich. It all came together and... More 

Thank Gael01
Clackmannanshire Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful lunch/dinner. Only place open post new year but what a find. I had macaroni cheese and salad and the salad alone was amazing. Then a sticky toffee cake. Mmmm to die for Highly recommended.

Thank Karen M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I've been here a few times now for brunch - a roll with sausage and/or egg and a pot of tea. It's a friendly cafe and everything is cooked to order. That can mean a short wait but it's worth it. The only thing is that it tends to be cold, at least in the mornings when I've been in.... More 

1 Thank fmck49
Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Just had our Christmas dinner here, what a meal it was absolutely fantastic. For starters I had black pudding and goats cheese, gosh it was amazing. Then turkey which was the best I've ever had plus trimmings, then I had crumble to finish, probably a bad move I felt more stuffed than the turkey. The rest of the party were... More 

Thank marimcf2016
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Lovely little bistro which is always busy. Great local food and always lots to choose from. Loved my visit back here.

Thank Morag F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Scottish, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Lochgilphead
  • Phone Number: +44 1546 603606

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Prince Frederick, Maryland
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?